This week Sean speaks to Rachel Turton and Ben Davies. Both are longtime Ultimate players (Ben has played for New Zealand and in the AUDL, and Rachel is a reigning national and European champion with SMOG and GB Mixed) who have pivoted more to disc golf during the last 12 months and are now the male and female #1s in the UK.
– How they got into disc golf and started playing tournaments (0:58)
– Was there any particular piece of advice that made a difference, or thing you worked out that was crucial? (2:25)
– How long did it take to get to grips with the variety of discs? (4:25)
– How hard has it been learning to play with such precision? (9:03)
– What’s it been like playing a more individual sport like disc golf, and integrating into a different community? (10:50)
– Are you still Ultimate players that play disc golf, or are you more a golfer now? (16:01)
– Which countries are strong in disc golf? (18:02)
– What do disc golf sponsorships entail, and how do they work? (19:00)
– BEST LINE: Rachel picks her best mixed team and discusses playing Worlds with Great Britain at 20 (22:55)
– BEST LINE: Ben picks his best mixed line, including a one-time only exception for a player he trained with (25:05)
– Ben discusses his experience playing for Rainbow Brigade at Windmill (28:40)
No special guest this week, just a regular editor. DP and Sean talk about the various different items of news surrounding UK Ultimate, discuss whether the international calendar needs to be overhauled, encourage caution from people pushing themselves too hard on a return to training and pick their best lines. Here’s the Spotify link, but you can find it pretty much anywhere by searching The ShowGame Podcast!
In the second episode of the ShowGame podcast, Sean interviewed Fowzia Mahmood, the force behind women’s team Discie Chicks and a UKU board member, about the importance of diversity and inclusion, her experiences playing in the UK and how vital it is to make mistakes. You can hear about:
How did you get into the sport? (2:12)
Joining the UKU board (4:14)
Diversity and racial equality in UK Ultimate (8:35)
Starting Discie Chicks and providing women more opportunities (18:50)
Would you change anything with DC? (30:08)
What can other teams learn from DC? (34:40)
Preparing for WindFarm (40:08)
BEST LINE: Fowzia picks her DC all-star line (41:05)
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today sent out an email to teams registered for WUGC 2020 further clarifying
the financial situation of the tournament. Teams had previously been told that
they would only be able to get around a quarter of the money they had sent in
player fees back should they pull out of the tournament following postponement
due to the coronavirus pandemic, and none of the team fees. This announcement
had caused some controversy, with teams and players asking to know more about
what their money had been spent on.
WFDF and the tournament organising committee (TOC) also said that if teams still wanted to attend the event, now taking place in 2021, then players would need to pay an extra EUR150 to make up for budgetary shortfalls. The federation took the step of sending out a letter from WFDF Vice President Brian Gisel and WFDF Managing Director Events Karina Woldt which included a number of answers to questions they had been asked and a detailed budget provided by the TOC.
The budget shows that costs have been taken out of a number of areas, including marketing, game advisors and competition services like equipment, while extra money has been put into medical costs. The bulk of the increases comes in staffing costs, with the staff involved now going to have to stay working on the tournament for an extra year. The costs of withdrawals have also been factored in, and shows that the amount that has been requested from teams lines up with the rough figures suggested on Ultiworld earlier this week.
Karina Woldt said: “We have listened to what the players and teams have asked, and we want to be open and honest with them about the tournament. We are talking to the TOC about what can be claimed back and they have said that around 25% is what they can currently get from their suppliers. We are hopeful that more could be refunded if the event is cancelled, but we want WUGC to be a great event. The TOC has already managed to reclaim more of their costs than they had expected after some negotiation, and we will do all we can to keep teams, players and federations informed.”
clarifies in the letter that the only money they will be taking from the
tournament is the relatively low sanctioning fees, with most of the money
accepted and used by the TOC. The tournament is still not confirmed, with both
WFDF and the TOC awaiting answers from teams that enough can attend to make the
event viable. Teams now have until June 17 to respond, with a decision made by
mid-July this year as to whether it will go forward.
The showpiece of the domestic season is taking place this weekend in Birmingham. UKU Nationals is what these teams have been building towards all season with nine places at the European Ultimate Championships Finals on offer – four in the open division, three in the mixed division and two in women’s. As always, the ShowGame is making sure you know everything you need to know. Sean Colfer finishes off our series with mixed.
The showpiece of the domestic season is taking place this weekend in Birmingham. UKU Nationals is what these teams have been building towards all season with nine places at the European Ultimate Championships Finals on offer – four in the open division, three in the mixed division and two in women’s. As always, the ShowGame is making sure you know everything you need to know. Here’s Sean Colfer on the open division.
The format for the open division is slightly different to usual this year. The four qualifying places on offer mean that the top three, rather than just the top two, are done by lunchtime on Sunday. The backdoor route into the top four is still open, though, and could see some intriguing games on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
The season has finished; let the postseason commence. The EUCR process starts this weekend with two UKU Regionals events, one in the north and one in the south. We’ll be previewing all three divisions at these events ahead of Nationals in Birmingham in late August. Last but by no means least, Sean Colfer previews the mixed division!